An estimated 6,20,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh following an Army crackdown on rebels in Myanmar.
At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the first month of a crackdown that started in August in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, according to an estimate released by Doctors Without Borders.
Doctors Without Borders is best known for its work in war-zone regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases.
When asked about terrorist outfits using Bangladesh soil for nefarious activities, the minister said, “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism.”
Bangladesh acts very strongly against any terrorist act on its soil, he said.
Bangladesh wants Myanmar to take back the Rohingya refugees and it expects India to move a resolution in the United Nations for the same, Bangladesh minister Mosharraf Hossain said in Kolkata on Friday.
It is not sustainable for a poor country like Bangladesh to carry on feeding the huge number of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for a very long time, he said.
“We would like India to move a resolution in the United Nations to call on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh as we cannot keep them lifelong with our limited resources,” the Bangladesh minister for Housing and Public Works said. Hossain said it was due to humanitarian reasons that Bangladesh decided to give shelter to the Rohingyas. “Had we pushed them back, they would have been killed,” he said.